Mid-aught Hollywood social fixture Harry Morton, the heir to the Hard Rock Cafe/Morton Steak House fortunes and founder of the Pink Taco chain, has died. He was 38.
Law enforcement sources tell us that Harry was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon at his Beverly Hills home by a family member. Paramedics were called, but we’re told Harry was pronounced dead at the scene and was then transported to the coroner’s office — where an autopsy is pending. Our sources say no foul play is suspected at this point.
Harry founded the Pink Taco restaurant chain when he was just 18, starting on the Sunset Strip in LA then expanded to other cities across the US. His grandfather, Arnie, cofounded the incredibly popular Morton’s The Steakhouse chain in 1978, and his dad, Peter, cofounded the Hard Rock Cafe empire in 1971.
Throughout the mid-aughts, Harry was part of the hard-partying young Hollywood set that included Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and fellow heirs Brandon Davis and Stavros Niarchos.
His half-sister, model/bounty hunter Domino Harvey, died of a drug overdose in 2005. Both of his parents — Peter Morton and Paulene Stone — are still alive.
A spokesman for Pink Taco tells TMZ … “We are saddened by the passing of Harry Morton, the founder and former owner of Pink Taco. Harry was a visionary and restaurateur ahead of his time, and his contributions, both professionally to our brand and personally to those he worked with, were numerous. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Lindsay Lohan has posted a photo of the two of them from back in the day, writing … “Best friends. Best life.”